Daily Archives: May 12, 2009

Former ag secretary endorses Moran for Senate

By Steve Kraske

Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns, a former U.S. agriculture secretary, today endorsed Jerry Moran for the U.S. Senate.

The endorsement comes one day after former House Speaker Dennis Hastert endorsed Moran’s opponent for the Republican nomination, Todd Tiahrt.

“A leader both in Kansas and nationally, I look forward to having Jerry Moran as part of the United States Senate,” said Johanns said. “Jerry has established himself as a principled conservative who listens to the people he represents.

“Among the few national leaders in agriculture, Jerry has been a driving force in agriculture policy throughout his time in Congress, but has never lost sight of the people for whom he works. As it is in Nebraska, Kansans need to have someone that represents their interests and not the powers of Washington, D.C.

As ag secretary, Johanns said he often talked to Moran, a senior House Agriculture Committee member. Secretary Johanns also worked with Moran on opening additional markets for American farmers and ranchers and how best to serve family farmers across the country.

Commissioner jokes about elevator conversation

Sedgwick County Commissioner Kelly Parks used his turn to talk at the board’s meeting with staff today to alert his colleagues that he had talked to some employees on the elevator the other day.

His comment was a dig at allegations that Parks recently talked to the Association of County Employees president about whether staff would be interested in forming a union. He has denied that he asked about unionization and said he asked about whether employees would want to to reinstate an employee benefits group.

Parks “confessed” he had talked to a few employees on the elevator and wanted everyone to know so there was no confusion that he had talked to anyone about county business.

In other elevator business, commissioner Gwen Welshimer told staff that sheriff’s deputies had asked her not to use the service elevator, which goes to the first to third floors but requires a key to go to higher floors.